January 2018 Wrap-Up

How has January come to and end already?! I’m totally unprepared for February, I haven’t prepped ANY of my upcoming blog posts, nor have I set up my BuJo for the month. I have some serious work ahead of me on my day off tomorrow… OOPS!

Time is going scarily quickly, and I’m seriously concerned that I’m not going to be able to read all of the books I want to in my lifetime…

I did, however read some AMAZING books this month. In fact, I think this has been one of the most successful reading months I’ve had in terms of 5 star reviews!

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

img_2396This book was incredible. A new release middle-grade novel, this was a magical adventure story with an important message at it’s heart – acceptance. Accept people for their differences and don’t be so quick to judge! I loved this, and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read with a big heart. One of the best children’s books to be released in years.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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A Conjuring of Light (ADSOM #3) by V.E. Schwab

img_2413The concluding book to the “A Darker Shade of Magic” trilogy, was everything I needed and more. After reading this, I felt hollow and empty. In a good way, might I add. The kind of emptiness that you feel after reading a REALLY good book, and not knowing how to fill it. I will sorely miss this series and Lila Bard is still my fave.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

img_2462I have discovered a new favourite book. This. I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! I thought after reading ACOL I would go into a huge reading slump, but this was the perfect book to follow on with. It was magical, dark, romantic and just heartbreaking. The ending killed me and I seriously can’t wait to read Shadowsong as soon as my pre-order arrives (I’m hoping it’s today…)

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

img_2441I haven’t yet finished this, but I wanted to include it in my wrap-up, because I have finished the first short story and figured it deserved a mention! This is a collection of 6 short stories set in the Grishaverse. The first tale, Ayama and The Thorn Wood, I rated 4.5 stars.

This is a book I’ll probably keep dipping in and out of as I’m not really a huge short stories fan, but I really do love Leigh Bardugo’s writing, which is why I’ll stick with it, and likely just read one story per week in amongst my regular reading schedule.

What books did you read in January?

Book Review: Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sky Song


In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find. Because Erkenwald is ruled by a cruel Ice Queen and you must stay hidden or risk becoming another of her prisoners.  

Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey together in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.
This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world…

Sky Song is a middle-grade children’s book, which was selected as Waterstones’ Children’s Book of The Month, which is why I picked it up originally. The other reason I picked it up, unashamedly, was for it’s gorgeous cover! But I’m so glad I read this because honestly, it is one of the best children’s novels I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time.

Erkenwald is a polar, Icelandic setting which made me draw comparison to Philip Pullman’s “Northern Lights” trilogy. It is a land which was created by one of the seven ‘Sky Gods’, the North Star in the constellation of seven stars which form the Little Bear.

Our story begins with a fairy tale style prologue, in which the smallest star gets jealous and falls to earth in an attempt to claim the land for her own using dark magic. One day, after being frozen by the North Star for many years, she is awoken and thus begins her quest to gain immortality. To do so, she must claim all of the voices in the land.

I was enthralled by this beautiful story from it’s very beginning. What truly captivated me was the relationship between Eska and Flint. Although it didn’t start perfectly, like many friendships, the power that their caring for each other was undeniably special.

Not only is this a wonderfully formed, magical adventure story, at it’s core is a tale of courage, friendship, and finding a place where you belong.

I feel that it is so important to teach young children about being more accepting in today’s age, with people still being mistreated and denied equality due to their race, sexuality and gender.

In this book we see Eska rejected from the tribes simply because she looks and acts differently. However, her strength and Flint’s courage to defy the other’s opinions transmits such an important and incredibly positive message, that this is undeniably a book which all children, and to be quite honest, adults too, should read and take note from.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Children and adults alike should all read this.


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Beat The Backlist: Book Series’ I Want To Finish This Year

I have a terrible habit of starting book series’ and not finishing them, so my aim for this year as part of the Beat The Backlist Challenge, is to round off any series’ that I’ve started but haven’t completed yet! This includes getting up to date with any series’ that still have books to be published in the future.



A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I started my list with this one, because I am currently reading A Conjuring of Light, the third and final instalment in the trilogy, so I know it’s one I’ll be able to tick off pretty quickly! I read the first two books and the beginning of last year, but just kept putting off reading the last book, so I made sure it was top of my TBR for this year.


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

So this is a series which isn’t yet complete, but I’m yet to read Tower of Dawn, so I need to check it off and make sure I’m all up to date!


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I read Red Queen nearly 2 years ago now, and have failed to pick up the next books in the series for some reason! I hope to read Glass Sword and King’s Cage before the release of War Storm later this year.


Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Illuminae is a book that I started to read last year, but put down after 100 pages because I just wasn’t feeling it at the time, but I hope to give it another shot this year because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things! Although this is on my list of series’ to finish, I guess I actually need to restart it…


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows in March last year, but didn’t ever pick up Crooked Kingdom. I then read The Grisha Trilogy a couple of months ago and loved it, so, starting with a re-read of Six of Crows, I will complete this duology in 2018!

Are there any book series’ which you’ve left unfinished and aim to complete this year?

Book Review: Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)Synopsis: 

Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

I’m playing catch-up on all of the reviews I didn’t get around to writing for some books I read last year.

For whatever reason, I didn’t write up my review for this book, but I should start by saying that by no means was this book bad, it just wasn’t my thing.

I’ve never been a fan of sci-fi books, for some reason I just don’t enjoy books set in space, or that involve flying spaceships and “cool” futuristic gadgets. Which I why I didn’t really enjoy this book.

The plot was very action packed. In fact, it was so action packed that there was no time to breathe. There was constantly something going on, and just as we’re about to gain some information on the characters, something dramatic happens and we’re torn away not knowing anything more about them. This also made it hard to connect to either of the main characters, and meant that any relationship developments fell slightly short of their mark. The only character I felt a connection to was Kara. I found her much more interesting than the others, and if I were to read the sequel to this book, it would purely be to follow her story-line.

So, characters aside, the world building was generally okay. I got a good sense of the politics, and location of everything, and I liked that each planet had a unique atmosphere and landscape.

Although the plot was somewhat predictable, I still found that the writing was enjoyable and easy to read.

If you like sci-fi adventure, you’ll probably enjoy this book a lot more than I did! As I said, my rating is a lot lower simply down to taste, and if someone were to ask me for a recommendation, I’d definitely still consider this.

It also has one of my favourite covers, so there’s a positive…

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Book Tag: Top 10 Book Covers

Hello Bookworms!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend!

Thanks to TheMystiqueReader for tagging me to share with you all my favourite ever book covers!

As we all well know, you should never judge a book by it’s cover, but hell, who are we all kidding here?! Of course we’re judging! A cover is the first thing that captures my attention when it comes to searching for books. If it looks pretty, I’ll check it out and probably buy it anyway, regardless of it’s content. If it’s ugly… yeah probably not going to pick it up. I’m shallow, what can I say?

So narrowing this list down was REALLY FREAKING HARD.

I would have had no chance of deciding, so to start with I have selected books only that I own. Any on my wish list are not included.

Here goes!


City of Bones (10th Anniversary Edition) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

I love the simplicity of the colour scheme on this cover. The dark blue background with silver detailing is gorgeous, and the symmetry in the design is so satisfying!


Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

This cover is stunning! I adore the colouring and the gold foil really just makes the book stand out. I equally love the covers to the sequels Traitor To The Throne and Hero At The Fall, but I figured book 1 should get the spot on this list.


Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

Hello, uh RAINBOW! Of course this would be on my list, I’m a sucker for all things colourful! And under the dust jacket of this book is even more spectacular…


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

I love this cover design so freaking much! It’s mysterious, dark and twisty, whilst being equally beautiful, intricate and delicate. This is one of the books where I’m proud to have the UK edition.


Flame in The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

If ever there was a time for purple and orange to be together, this is that time. I am in love with the colour scheme and artwork on this cover design! The news recently broke that the covers will be changing for this series for the release of the second book, which I’m fine with because the new covers are equally as gorgeous, but I have to say that I do prefer the black background and the contrast that it creates against the colouring.


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


I told you, bright and colourful wins it for me! I love the oranges and reds in this, and the way that everything is built up using such simplistic shapes really caught my eye. It also gives you a sense of the African setting and culture. Usually, adult fiction covers are a bit dull and boring, but not this one! No-sir-ee!


Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)

Although I didn’t really love this book for it’s content, the cover is still one of my favourites! The purple galaxy effect background is perfect. It’s just so so pretty!


Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

Sky Song

This book only came onto my radar just over a week ago at work! I adore the colour scheme; the turquoise and blue against the white is beautiful and the silver foiling just adds that extra wintry, icy effect.


The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale

This was a seriously close contender for the #1 spot… everything about this cover is beautiful. The colours are striking, and I love the woodland images.


Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

It’s not surprise that this takes the #1 position! I’ve taken so many photos of this book just because it’s so dang pretty. The colours are stunning, and it’s not TOO busy so it doesn’t distract too much attention. Also, the title font is so lovely, I wish everything could be done in that script!

What are some of your favourite book covers?


Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. Yet I only read it in October… and I’m only just reviewing it now… WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING ALL YEAR?! In fact, I’m surprised I can even remember it enough to write a coherant review! We’ll give it a go though…


I really enjoyed this! I’ve heard so many people compare it to The Night Circus, which I’m yet to read so don’t really have anything to compare it by, but I totally get the magical circus-esque vibe… although it’s not really a circus, so I don’t know. I need to read The Night Circus pronto!

That was my one big-ish gripe with this book. I felt that the world building wasn’t really there, so I didn’t know where we were in relation to the briefly mentioned Spanish-y island at the very beginning of the novel. Something about conquered islands? Not sure. So we’ll overlook that and hope it’s developed further in the next book.

I found the concept of the mysterious game in an unknown place very intriguing, and Julian was by far the most interesting character for me. I can wait to find out more about this handsome mysterious man who seems very nice and sexy but also dangerous… I’m getting carried away.

Scarlett and her sister, well, I could live without them. I found myself getting irritated by Scarlett whining all the time. However, by the end of the book I found that I had really got on board with Scarlett and her sister, and what particularly grabbed my interest was how deceiving Donatella had been the entire way through.

I’m not even going to say very much on the topic of their Dad. Just “what an extremely unpleasant man”. Horrible. Truly, horrible.

The plot was extremely fast paced, and there never seemed to be a dull moment. I feel like there could’ve been room for a few more peaks and falls as it was all very full on all the way through. Perhaps some moments where characters, you know, got to know each other a bit? But I have to admit, I couldn’t stop turning those pages. It definitely had my attention!

Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable and quick read, and I’m very much looking forward to the release of book 2, “Legendary”.

This book also has one of the most beautiful book maps ever to exist…

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Most Anticipated January 2018 Releases

There are so many great releases scheduled for this month, so I thought I’d do a post including all of the books I’m excited about getting my hands on in January!

[January 2nd] The Cruel Prince (The Folk of The Air #1) by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences…

[January 2nd] Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

[January 4th] Everless by Sara Holland

EverlessIn the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. 

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

[January 16th] Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate & Other FiltersMaya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?

[January 25th] The Girl in The Tower (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden

The Girl in The Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.

Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior’s training, recognises this ‘boy’ as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical…

[January 30th] The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel WoodSeventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

[January 30th] Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones

Shadowsong (Wintersong)Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

This is just a small selection of some amazing books due to be released this month, and the ones that I personally am the most excited about.

See any on here that you’re looking forward to?

(Please note that these dates are for UK releases any may vary in other countries)